This unique car was first shown to the public in 2008 at the exhibition “Mondial de l’Automobile”. This isn’t the first electric car of the French company Venturi – in 2004 the company introduced the concept of auto Fetish. Venturi Volage – is not just another concept car with a beautiful design. This is totally new vision of the car of the future.
Together with “Michelin” in this 2-seater roadster was used innovative technologies “Michelin Active Wheel”. This technology provides for the absence of the basic engine as is common in all cars, but the presence of two electric motors in each of the four wheels. An electric motor at each wheel is responsible for the movement of the car, the second provides a suspension. “Michelin Active Wheel” allows you to get a very light (1100 kg) wheel drive vehicle with an automatic adjustable suspension and high speed characteristics (acceleration to 100 km/h – in less than 5 seconds!). The absence of the engine itself allowed to radically revise the vision of design. As chief designer “Venturi” Sacha Lakic confessed “The engines in the wheel, gave me the opportunity to make a very particular design. I used this technology to justify the styling, but also, one could say the opposite is true.”
How the new approach in the development of cars pay off remains to be seen. Small-scale production Venturi Volage is planned in 2012. At the moment the car is being tested and finalized.